Ask A Lemur – Finding Blog-Worthy Builds, Discovering new techniques & The TBB Compound

Tonga sao, My Dear Friends!

Lemur is Snazzy

Here I am, once again, the lemur intern for The Brothers Brick! As you know, I’ve taken it upon myself to answer any and all of your questions regarding the LEGO fan community or The Brothers Brick itself. If there is anything that has been on your mind, please feel free to post it in the comments and I will do my best to answer it.

What crazy fun have you been up to this week? I’ve been so productive! The TBB library needed organized, so I took it upon myself to sort all the books. The library looked so pretty when I was done, with all the books arranged into groups by color. The contributors seemed less than enthusiastic but their moods are very unpredictable. I’m beginning to despair of ever making them happy. Nannan took me aside and explained that most libraries use some system called “Dewey Decimal”. I don’t know who this guy Dewey might be, but he seems to have created a monopoly of sorts. It’s really not fair. Anyway, while I was sorting the books, I stumbled upon Andrew’s antique pipe collection. They are great for blowing bubbles. Don’t I look handsome?

Enough about me. Now for the important part…your questions!

How do you find the images you do on flickr?
As far as Flickr goes, most of the contributors start looking in the LEGO group. If you want the most exposure, put your pictures there. After that they all have their favorite groups that they check out. Most of them also do a search for recent pictures tagged as “LEGO”.

If you want your pictures to be seen, simply building a good model isn’t enough. Good photography is a must, learning which groups to frequent is vital and figuring out what to tag your photos is very helpful.

Where do you go to find new techniques?

You have to go everywhere! The LEGO fan community is a very talented bunch and there is no repository of all the incredible techniques that are out there. It seems every genre or theme has its own bag of tricks. Just when you think you have seen it all, you will stumble upon some builder who is has developed some new mind-blowing technique. It seems that there is no end to what can be built with LEGO and the ways that the elements can be connected would seem to be nearly infinite as well.

What exactly is the Brothers Brick’s compound?

I’m not allowed to go into much specific detail but the compound is a combination of office building, resort hotel, spa, ranch, private retreat, wildlife reserve, research center, playground and bunker all mixed into one. No one has ever discovered all of its secrets but that is part of its charm. It also seems to have a mind of its own, probably because of the nearly sentient computer system that oversees the entire operation. For instance, every time I login to my account, he asks if I would like to play a game. Sometimes it’s really hard to get him to do any work at all.

Thanks again for all your questions! Keep them coming and I’ll do my best to answer them in a timely manner.

Much love,
A. Lemur.

7 comments on “Ask A Lemur – Finding Blog-Worthy Builds, Discovering new techniques & The TBB Compound

  1. wray2064

    id like to know whats the chance of a render to make it to the blog as i dont have a single lego brick (i use to have buckets of them when i was a child anyway)

  2. Carlo

    Hey A. Lemur! Can I have your email address so I can send you some pictures of a spaceship I built?

  3. NeedsWhippedCream

    How do the Contributors decide whether to blog something or not?
    Is it generally based off the overall aesthetic or the build, or are you more focused on things like techniques?

  4. microbricker

    Is this the correct place to leave questions for our esteemed A. Lemur? Does he get his own email address or will this do?

    If so, I would like to know how or where builders get the monotone minifigures used in a lot of architectural builds such as the recent Bilboa post. There are a number of tan minifigures with blank faces and monotone bodies and accessories.

    Are these painted? Photoshopped? Real parts?


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